How many times have you read the passage of Peter’s denial of Jesus and felt sorry for Peter because he failed to stand up for Jesus? I have. A few days ago, when considering his denial again, it suddenly registered how often we Christians do the same thing every day. The Lord prompts us to pray. We play instead. He instructs witnessing to our neighbor (literal or figurative). We tell them a joke. The Lord requests us to fast. We feast. He asks us to spend time in His word. We hurry out the door to work. What are these if not acts of denial? We deny the Lord for the comfort and convenience of our flesh.
Flesh is not merely our physical body but is made up of our mind, will, and emotions. Our flesh is interlocked with our soul. We are trained by our environments to pacify and pamper our flesh. Everything the Lord asks or calls us to do will be hard on our flesh. Pressure to become aligned with Christ (the Anointed One and His Anointing) will face off with our tantrum-throwing flesh.
Pastor Rod Parsley made a statement I thought enlightening: “God cannot bless you beyond your last act of disobedience” (Parsley, 2019). Peter’s denial was disobedience. Disobedience is a sin. Sin is classified “missing the mark” and many ministers do not talk about sin anymore, but it is still wrong.
In Peter’s case, he denied the Lord three times as Jesus had predicted. Scripture says after the cock crowed the third time, Peter went out and wept bitterly. He realized his wrong. He wanted restoration. Have you heard the cock crow lately? I have, and I am repenting, returning to the place of total obedience. Thank you, Lord, for correction and forgiveness. As Ever, RKS